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Armenia Justice Academy Distance Learning | 2020 - 2022


FUNDER: U.S. State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

The goal of the Justice Academy Distance Learning Curriculum Development Program (JADL) in Armenia is to enable the training team of the Republic of Armenia’s Justice Academy to function more productively and be more effective in their mandate of training and regulating justice sector actors, to contribute to the RA Justice Academy’s efforts to create a climate where the rule of law is consistently and fairly applied, and to strengthen the ability of the Government of Armenia to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate transnational organized and related crimes and respect human rights during criminal proceedings.

The objective of JADL is to adapt nine existing anti-corruption and human rights curricula provided by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) into online modules that allow for distance learning by Armenian investigators, prosecutors, and judges as part of the RA Justice Academy’s continuing education program.

The nine modules include:

  • Prosecuting Official Corruption Cases
  • Investigating and Prosecuting Official Corruption Cases
  • Internal Investigations
  • Pre-Trial Detention Alternatives
  • Investigating and Prosecuting Gender-Based Violence Crimes
  • Protection of Human Rights of Juvenile and Minority Offenders
  • Financial Crime and Transnational Organized Crime Related to Combating Corruption
  • Investigating and Prosecuting Intellectual Property Crimes
  • Judicial Independence and Transparency

The online courses will be geared to adult learners and will consist of video and audio lectures, podcasts, PowerPoint presentations, infographics, supplemental reading materials, quizzes, and interactive tests. This will result in an engaging, user-friendly educational environment in which large volumes of complex legal information are tailored into well-structured, visually attractive, comprehensive and stimulating online lessons that make professional development opportunities conducted by the RA Justice Academy for Armenian legal professional audiences more motivating, easier to digest and remember.

JADL will result in a dynamic online educational platform for the RA Justice Academy encompassing nine easy-to-manage, user-friendly distance learning courses that will better train in-service prosecutors, advocates, investigators and judges on complicated and challenging legal themes in the field of anti-corruption and human rights.


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Probation Support Program in Armenia | 2018 - 2021

IMPLEMENTATION TIMEFRAME: March 01, 2018-February 28, 2019

FUNDER: U.S. State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs


In Sept. 2016, based on the infrastructure, technical and human resources of its former Alternative Sanctions Unit (ASU) operating under the Criminal Executive Department of the RA Ministry of Justice, Armenia launched a new State Probation Service (SPS). The transition from the ASU with its punitive mentality to SPS as a more humanistic and restorative justice model is full of challenges, since the new service critically suffers serious lack of essential resources, plus, its staff is in need of in-depth professional development and exposure to the experiences and practices of their counterpart international probation services. 


Thus, the 1-year Armenia Probation Support Program (Armenia PSPS) funded by the U.S. State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and implemented by PH International with input from a group of experienced local and international experts and in cooperation with key stakeholders (RA Ministry of Justice, RA State Probation Service, “CLERP” Center for legal Education and Restorative Programs SNPO) and other relevant actors, pursues the following 2 key objectives:

  • To strengthen the State Probation Service of Armenia through the provision of technical, managerial, human rights and ethics training of its probation officers and staff, thereby increasing the organization’s ability to ensure public safety, prevent reoffending, protect human rights, and reduce the burden on penal institutions.
  • To ensure that the State Probation Service of Armenia will develop human-rights focused practices and will invest in the sustainability and professionalism of its staff and services.


The program is to deliver the following key activities and results:

  • Creation of 2 professional development manuals, one for the Managerial/Administrative staff of the Probation Service, and the other for the Probation Officers,
  • Creation of Methodology Guides for the 2 abovementioned manuals for Trained Trainers
  • Preparation of a pool of trained trainers for SPS, equipped with proper knowledge, skills and attitude to train the current SPS staff during this project and serve as trainers for upcoming SPS staff in the future
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Community Connections Forecast Armenia | 2005 - 2011

2005-11 Final Report (.pdf)

The long-running Community Connections program was administered in Armenia by PH International and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The program promoted public diplomacy, economic growth and the development of civil society in Armenia and Eurasia through an exchange of experiences, culture and values among program participants, American families, host businesses and local communities.

CC served as a practical internship program, combining seminars, workshops, site visits, and meetings with American professionals with hands-on practical internships. Participants typically stayed from three to five weeks in the United States and lived with American host families.

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